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Jurisdiction J Changes
On September 7, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded Palmetto GBA (Palmetto) a new contract for the administration of Medicare Part A and Part B Fee-for-Service (FFS) claims in the states of Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee (A/B MAC Jurisdiction J). CMS will oversee the transfer of A/B MAC work from the incumbent contractor, Cahaba Government Benefit Administrators, LLC, to Palmetto over the next several months. CMS anticipates that implementation of the new contract will go smoothly, with few, if any, service issues for Medicare beneficiaries and providers.
The official cut over for Part A submitters is scheduled for 1/29/18
The official cut over for Part B submitters is scheduled for 2/26/18
For more information about this award, you may click here
You should also read Palmetto's JJ Transition page here
SSN Removal Initiative 2019
The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) requires CMS to remove Social Security Numbers (SSNs) from all Medicare cards by April 2019. A new randomly generated Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) will replace the SSN-based Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) on new Medicare cards for transactions like billing, eligibility status, and claim status.Providers may click here for more detailed information.